World Suicide Prevention Day: 10 Creative Hobbies to Keep Stress at bay

Kajal Gupta
Oil painting hobby to keep stress away

Does a hobby a day keep the doldrums away? Here’s what the studies have found-

  • People with no depression have 30% lower odds of developing the same.
  • People with depression have 272% higher odds of overcoming it. *Yes you read it right*
  • While engaging in pastimes such as below, people are 34% less stressed.

Need I say more? There are umpteen ways hobbies can benefit mental health and put stress on the back burner.

Mental Health Benefits of Hobbies

Apart from being a great way to invest the “time off” wisely, a hobby can help you-

  • get out of the bed
  • cope with low moods
  • cheer up & relax
  • focus on the bright side
  • keep anxiety & stress in check
  • look forward to the next day
  • improve self-esteem
  • bond with people
  • avoid unhealthy addictions

As such, hobbies are no less than therapy to combat suicidal thoughts and lift your spirits. In fact, having no hobby or the unwillingness to take up one, could be a warning sign of depressive disorders.

Creative Hobbies to fight Depression

Below are my top 10 picks, basic tools you need to get started, free resources to aid you in learning, and some cool homegrown brands for more inspiration. Read on!

Book Binding

bookbinding creative hobby to keep stress at bay
Photo by British Library on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- An awl, waxed linen thread, paper cutter, scalpel, glue brush, bone folder, large-eyed needles, metal ruler, scissors, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @boundforyou.in @cittahandmade @ekatra_handmadecollective

MacramΓ© Decor

macrame decor dream catchers of different colors
Photo by Ella Jardim on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- Tape measure, hoops, comb, masking tape, sharp scissors, S hooks, cloth rails, cord/string/thread, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @all_aboutdreams @twinvibes_ @handmade_with_love_.livs

Pottery

pot making on pottery wheel
Photo by Jade Scarlato on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- Clay, pottery wheel, bowls, towel, apron, fettling knives, scraper, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @slowpottery @curatorsofclay @a.clay.story

Flat lay Photography

flat lay with diary, flowers, stones, wood blocks, glass bottles and scarf
Image by marijana1 from Pixabay

Basic tools for beginners- Smartphone or a decent camera would suffice.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @flatlayindia @styleprism @the.flatlay.kid

Baking

baking muffins in microwave
Photo by Taylor Grote on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- Oven, mixer, spatula, pastry brush, rolling pin, baking pans & trays, whisks, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @anodetogaia @shivesh17 @thelushglaze

Vegetable Gardening

old man sitting in a vegetable garden
Image by Lukas Bieri from Pixabay

Basic tools for beginners- Garden shears, spade, watering can, gloves, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @wormrani @bhargavi_bijjam @homecrop

DIY Crafts

colourful paper crafts, scissors, pen, cards, stickers, quirky prints
Photo by Alessandra Espinoza on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- Really!?

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @itsybitsycraftstore @zwendedesign @papercrafts.in @craftastique

Woodwork

wooden wall dΓ©cor letters H O M E
Image by Comfreak from Pixabay

Basic tools for beginners- hammer, saw, drill, tape measure, sander, squares, rulers, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @chaukhatbypoorvarathi @notsoshabbyshop @meraki_by_prachi @thecraftpanda

Botanical Painting

Botanical painting of leafs and fruits
Photo by British Library on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners-

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @theinkbucket @thewishingink @thewhimsicalcreative

Needlecraft

sewing masks, scissors, ruler, elastic, phone, keychains
Photo by Sarah on Unsplash

Basic tools for beginners- Needles, scissors, measuring tape, sewing machine, yarn, embroidery hoop, etc.

Free Resources πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

Popular Brands- @okhai_org @maati_nehakabra @anan_creates @hangstill @_swiatlo___ @a_bee_in_the_garden

Could you think of other hobbies or brands that should’ve made the list? Drop your personal favorites in the comments below! πŸ‘‡πŸΌ

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